Forty Shades Of

IMG_0168Welcome to my mid-week blog post! Pull up a chair and visit for a few minutes.

In the last thirty days, I have been researching ways to attract more people to my blog and books. I need your help!

You can now follow me on Twitter where I am known as: @1gentlewitness. I am still learning about Twitter but have been able to tweet a link each time I write a new blog post. For me, this is a huge leap of faith (thank you Gil and Lee) as I embrace technology and marketing!

My new goal is to double my blog followers by July 5th! This is where you join my marketing team!! If you enjoy my blog and books, please share the links with your family and friends on social media between now and this weekend. The link to my Amazon author page can be found on the right side of each new post

What have I learned in the last thirty days? I read an article about the importance of creating “catchy” and attention-getting blog titles. Thus, “Forty Shades Of”…*

I also reviewed my notes from a conference where my friend and awesome author, Deb, taught us how to add humor to our writing. Please visit her website! http://www.deboracoty.com where you can learn more about her books and chocolate!

Being a devotional author, it is a challenge to add humor to some of my posts. Will people laugh? Will they “get” my younique brand of humor? I really hope so!

Thank you for joining me on our journey to discover and share God’s grace. Thank you for being a gentle witness to those you meet. At last count, (as of yesterday) there were a few million blog sites you could be reading. I am richly blessed knowing you have selected mine to read and share. Thank you so much!

* About the title: The last time I got my hair cut, I was informed, “You have forty shades of grey!”

 

Spiritual Balance

DSCF3164Grant  to me, O Lord my God, that I may not falter in times of prosperity or adversity, so that I may not be exalted in the former, nor dejected in the latter.”

– St. Thomas Aquinas

On our walk of faith, we will have times of prosperity and adversity. St. Thomas provides a reminder of maintaining spiritual balance.

When we talk with people who are facing adversity, this is such an important concept! At church this weekend, we were reminded of people in scripture who faced adverse conditions for years. Wonderful examples of facing adversity with faith!

While it is normal for us to doubt during times of adversity, it is equally important to maintain our spiritual balance and continue to trust in god’s plan.

To you, O lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.”

– Psalm 25: 1

From Zero To Sixty In

DSCF4005A high performance car is often measured by how many seconds it takes to go from zero to sixty.

I recently talked with God about the resolution of an issue and really wanted Him to deliver the message like an Indy car! In seconds!

Last night at church, a segment of the message was about patience! With me sitting there wanting an answer in seconds, our speaker provided examples from scripture of people who waited years for God’s plan to be revealed.

It was a perfect message for me to hear as I realized how the speed of delivery is not up to me. Perhaps I too will wait years for God’s answer. What matters is that I wait…patiently and trust in God’s truth and grace.

Might be a good time for a leisurely drive!

 

 

 

Work Of His Hands

028It has been some time since I watched a sunrise or sunset at beach.  Those are the moments when I am most reminded of the awemazing beauty we have been blessed with.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

– Psalm 19: 1

Enjoy and appreciate this day!

Enjoy This Day

029In my life, I spent way too much time worrying about people and events I could not control.

What good did all that worrying do?

None.

Enjoy  this day!

“Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?”

– Ecclesiastes 8: 7